Fairfax County Parks Plan for Summer’s Eclipse
The Fairfax County Park Authority is reaching for the skies with its newest S.T.E.M.-related campaign.
At least 13 Park Authority sites will host programs about eclipses during the coming buildup to the first total solar eclipse in the continental United States in 38 years. At 2:42 p.m. on August 21, 2017, about 80 percent of the sun will be covered from view in Fairfax County.
The Park Authority is partnering with Fairfax County Public Schools and the Fairfax County Public Library to provide residents with eclipse learning opportunities. There will be at least 13 programs before the day of the event as well as six programs on the day of the eclipse. Nature, history, and lakefront parks will be part of the effort, as will RECenters, libraries and schools.
The Fairfax County Park Foundation is providing a limited number of solar viewing glasses for watching the eclipse. They will be distributed at the public park programs. Every child attending one of the Park Authority’s Adventures Away Rec-PAC camps during the week of July 31 to August 4 will receive a pair of the solar viewing glasses. Any remaining glasses will be made available to the public at select parks where a donation can help cover the costs. NASA and eye specialists emphasize that severe eye damage can result from looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.
Get more information about the Park Authority’s Eclipse Programs. If you are on Facebook, you can get occasional reminders about the eclipse by clicking “Going” on our Great American Eclipse (in Fairfax Co.) event.